page contents

Parent-Teacher Conferences:



Monday 2/8 & Wednesday 2/10 6-8 PM

Tuesday 2/9 & Thursday 2/11 1:10-2:20 PM


This video includes instructions:


Use this link to sign up for a time for Social Studies w/ Mr. McAlister:



Google Classroom Codes for 2020-2021:

  • Period 1 (7:40-8:23 UPenn Section 14) - jfi7klt
  • Period 4 (10:04-10:47 Brown Section 12) - lajzdp7
  • Period 5 (10:52-11:35 Stanford Section 13) - dapv2e6
  • Period 6 (11:40-12:23 Amherst Section 11) - v7zj4v3


Virtual Help Schedule:


Virtual Expectations:

  • Attend Google Meets for each academic period five days a week
  • Cameras on; mics off
  • Appropriate dress & surroundings
  • Ready to watch, listen, participate, work, and learn



Online Textbook:



General Online Textbook--Use ANY of the following (Disable Pop-up Blocker!!)




User: fernwoodss2021


Pass: eagles1




User: History6


Pass: Fernwood6




User: History5


Pass: Fernwood5




User: History3


Pass: Fernwood3




User: History2


Pass: Fernwood2






  • Students will examine American History from the post-Reconstruction period through the 1970's.  During the year students will investigate the following units:


  • The Development of the Industrialized United States 1870-1920
  • The Emergence of Modern America 1890-1930
  • The Great Depression and World War II 1929-1950
  • Post War United States 1945-1970’s



  • An emphasis will be placed on writing and critical thinking, particularly in relation to utilizing and incorporating primary source documents.



In School Materials:


  • Journal/Notebook:
    • Have a separate notebook for Social Studies and bring it everyday.
    • When there is a question or quotation on the board when you arrive to class, respond to it in this book (dated with written question/quotation).
    • Keep one section of your notebook for journal entries and another section for notes.
    • Each journal response will count as three classwork points.


  • Folders:
    • I will provide you with one folder in the beginning of the year; you must replace it if lost.
    • Keep all graded work in this folder at least until the end of each marking period.


  • High Five:
    • Bring these five items daily: textbook, pen/pencil, notebook, agenda book and homework.





  • Respect Your Teachers
  • Respect Your Classmates
  • Respect Yourselves


  • Overall classroom behavior, preparedness, effort, promptness and work ethic will translate into a 50-Point Quiz Grade at the end of each marking period.  Each student begins each marking period with all 50 points.  Two points will be deducted for each of the following infractions for the duration of each grading period: lateness, being unprepared, gum-chewing, wasting of study hall time and general disruption/misconduct.  More serious offenses will result in detentions or administrative/counseling referrals.


  • Each student’s classroom behavior, preparedness, effort, and work ethic are very important to obtaining individual and group (class) success.  Please see back for additional grading effects.


Students’ behavior is their choice.  Please choose what is best for you and your classmates.



Agenda Books:


  • Students are to keep track of all upcoming assignments, tests, quizzes and projects in their agenda books so that they (and their parents) are aware of what they are expected to do and when.  They should also keep track of their scores in their agenda book. 



Grading Policy:


  • Grades will be calculated on a points-based system:


  •  Assignments = 30%

# of Assignment points you have accumulated

            divided by

total # of possibleAssignment points



  • Tests, Quizzes, Projects = 70%

# of Test, Quiz, Project points you have accumulated

            divided by

total # of possible Test, Quiz, Project points



  • Final Marking Period Grade (Z) = X(0.3) + Y(0.7)


  • Final Year Grade = Average of 4 Marking Period Report Card Grades


  • Late assignments will be accepted for up to half credit before announced end of marking period dates.  Students who are absent must present due assignments upon return.  Extended absences will be provided with an equal number of days to complete missing items.


  • Missed Tests/Quizzes (due to absences & suspensions) may be taken for full credit up to two weeks after originally given or end of Marking Period (whichever is first).

  • Search "scottymcal" - choose chapter number as we progress through the book
    • It is the student’s responsibility to seek out teacher and ask to make up what was missed.